Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy New Year to All of You

Hello SCWW, just thought I'd take a minute to wish all of you a Happy New Year for 2011. Keep the sawdust out of your nose and eyes and your fingers attached to your body as we begin a new year of woodwork. Actually what I wanted to do as well is pass along this link from an email I got this morning. Even though I'm known to be pretty traditional in my approach to woodworking there was a lot of interest in the demonstration Chris DiRossi did about Sketch-Up. In my emails this morning I received one from Woodworking Shop, they deal in books. They have a series and this is the first book dealing with the program so I thought I'd pass it along. Heres the LINK for the book. Who knows, this might be something you want to spend your Christmas gift card on.


Friday, December 17, 2010

Show and Tell/Christmas Party

Last Wednesday we had our first ever (annual?) combination show and tell and Christmas party at Jamie's shop/school.  She spent a lot of time cleaning her shop and adding table coverings so we had a relatively unusual, sawdust free environment to get together in.  She also used the dues to buy snacks and libations, special thanks to Chris for being the BarKeep!! It was a good time to have conversation and admire each others work.  There are some photographs at the bottom of this blog showing some of the things that people brought in to share.  This gave all of us the opportunity to learn what we do in our own shops.
Rex Doty gave a talk about his non-profit organization that provides toys for kids that otherwise may never have any.  The organization is called Toys4Smiles and he asked us to consider volunteering with them or donating our scrap wood so they can continue to make toys to provide joy for the ones who need it the most.
There was a raffle held for items donated to the club.  Jamie provided most of them and Dennis Patchett graciously donated 2 carved blocks that go at the top of a doors molding.  Vince DeMarco was the lucky winner of that one.  Other members that were lucky enough to have their number drawn was Brian Foster who won all of the toys brought in by Toys4Smiles (see photo below).  Sharon Bond and Paula Zwicky won Craftsman tool bags but may use them as a fashion accessory for that little black cocktail dress!  Larry Yule won a set of DeWalt drill bits and Micheil Smith was the recipient of one of Jerry's gift card holders which is also shown in a picture below.
All in all I think I can speak for all of the members and thank Jamie for organizing this party as well as all of the meetings we've had so far.  It's no easy task to line up activities and speakers that we all can enjoy plus using her school and shop space for it as well ---- Thanks Jamie!  
Last of all, I'd like to encourage any of you to demonstrate some of the techniques you use in your work, this meeting gave us an overview and I'm sure we'd like to see more details.  


Micheil Smiths' Cutlery Box
Lid Inlays

Vinces' Quarter Sawn White Oak tables
Richs' Keyboard Table

Johns' Pistol Case

Jerry's Boxes and Gift Card Holders
Brians'  Japanese Style Toolbox
Rich's  Wheelbarrow
Dennis's Carvings
Larry's' Cutting Boards

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Meeting Reminder & Tool Primer

Good Morning SCWW, just a reminder about the meeting this Wednesday at 7pm.  This will be a social event, one where we can have a "Show & Tell".  Bring something that you've made to share with us and let us know what you do in your shop.  Who knows, maybe someone will have that last minute gift you've been looking for and will want to sell it to you!  Jamie mentioned snacks so you can't beat that combination:  Food - Wood - It's all Good! I got this email from a friend of mine this morning so thought that since we all use tools, this primer might remind us what the heck they are really for.

DRILL PRESS: A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which you had carefully set in the
 corner where nothing could get to it.

 Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the workbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to Say, "Oh, shit!"

 A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short.

 Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of blood-blisters.

 An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs.

 One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle... It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes.

 Generally used after pliers to completely round off bolt heads. If nothing else is available, they can also be used to transfer intense welding heat to the palm of your hand.

 Used almost entirely for lighting various flammable objects in your shop on fire. Also handy for igniting the grease inside the wheel hub out of which you want to remove a bearing race..

 A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood projectiles for testing wall integrity.

 Used for lowering an automobile to the ground after you have installed  your new brake shoes, trapping the jack handle firmly under the bumper.

 A large stationary power saw primarily used by most shops to cut good aluminum sheet into smaller pieces that more easily fit into the trash can after you cut on the inside of the line instead of the outside edge.

 A tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of everything  you forgot to disconnect.

 Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids or for opening old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and splashing oil on your shirt; but can also be used, as the name implies, to strip out Phillips screw heads.

 A tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used to convert common slotted screws into non-removable screws and butchering your palms.

 A tool used  to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or bracket you needed to remove in order to replace a 50 cent part.

 A tool used to make hoses too short.

 Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts adjacent the object we are trying to hit.

 Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard cartons delivered to your front door; works particularly well on contents such as seats, vinyl records,liquids in plastic bottles, collector magazines,refund checks, and rubber or plastic parts. Especially useful for slicing work clothes, but only while in use..

Son of a bitch TOOL:
 Any handy tool that you grab and throw across the garage while yelling "Son of a bitch" at the top of your lungs. It is also, most often, the next tool that you will need.